Year Five and Six pupils at West Bridgford Junior School are in with the chance of seeing their creative work included in a new animated show to be aired on Sky in 2019.
In a world first, the pupils have taken part in a workshop run by the creators of Night Zookeeper which will soon be brought to life in a 10 part series of shows. Best known for its award-winning digital platform which encourages literacy and writing amongst children aged seven and over, Night Zookeeper, is used by thousands of schools not only in the UK, but across the world. It inspires children to invent their own magical animals and then write stories about them.
Following the workshop which was led by Emma Shaw and Paul Hutson from Night Zookeeper, Brett Summersby, Year Six teacher, commented:
“The children were extremely excited to learn about Night Zookeeper. The fact they had the chance to contribute characters, plots and background designs to the new TV show was a fantastic opportunity and shows them that their ideas are just as valuable – if not more so – as those of the professionals.”
Paul Hutson of Night Zookeeper added:
“Finding new and exciting ways of encouraging and nurturing creativity in the classroom can sometimes be a challenge. We hope that this new way of accessing the world of Night Zookeeper will provide teachers with fresh ideas to stimulate self-expression, story-telling and confidence amongst younger pupils.
“The fact that Sky is providing children with a real audience for their work will, no doubt, have a huge impact of the literacy skills of children across the UK. The pupils here at West Bridgford Junior School have created a rich and diverse selection of potential characters and story plots and I can’t wait to see what other children around the country are inspired to write, draw and create.”
Night Zookeeper will be the first animated children’s show in the world to collaborate with thousands of children on the creation of each episode. A free microsite and teacher/parent guide for the project will soon launch so that anyone can easily get involved.
The show will launch on demand on all Sky platforms, including the Sky Kids App and Now TV Kids Pass, where the animated episodes will be accompanied by an HTML game, in February 2019.